MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Qualis Health gains Medicare contract to boost adult vaccination rates in 2 states

Qualis Health gains contract for raising adult vaccination rates | Courtesy of medicalexpo.com
Qualis Health said Tuesday it has won a contract from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to raise vaccination status rates and assessments among Medicare recipients in Washington and Idaho.

The contract, which is worth $1.8 million, will allow Qualis Health to use its Practice Innovation Network to foster physician practice teams as well as patients in improving clinic workflow, transforming care delivery and implementing electronic health records. All of these factors can be heightened to enhance population health.

The targeted focus group includes chronic illnesses (like diabetes) and cardiovascular health. Further practices are currently underway to widen the scope of the network to include raising vaccination rates in critical access hospitals and home health agencies.

CMS said it intends to apply similar projects throughout the U.S. in order to improve the national outcome. This could give 1 million previously unvaccinated people with Medicare the opportunity to receive pneumonia vaccines as early as 2019. The U.S. has 40,000 to 50,000 deaths that are preventable with vaccines every year. This costs $10 billion every year.

“We’re excited to help providers adopt immunization best practices,” Qualis Health President & CEO Jonathan Sugarman said. “We can leverage our broad experience integrating health information technology and quality improvement to make a difference for patients and families across this region.”

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